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Archbishop of York: Oil exploration in Nigeria is causing an “environmental genocide”

30 October 2019 A leading Anglican cleric in the UK has told the BBC that oil exploration in Nigeria is causing an “environmental genocide”. The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who is leading a commission investigating the impact of multinational oil companies in Nigeria’s southern Bayelsa state, said the poor condition of facilities would not be tolerated anywhere else, and …

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Nigeria looks back on 20 years of Sharia law in the north

28 October 2019 Two decades ago, several Nigerian states introduced Islamic legal systems. Some see the move as having brought benefits, but others are disappointed and critical about the results. On October 27, 1999, the then-governor of Nigeria’s Zamfara State, Ahmed Sani Yerima, introduced Sharia law. Eleven other states in northern Nigeria with majority Muslim populations, including those of Kano …

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Nigeria needs a competent customs and immigration service, not border closure

28 October 2019 About two months ago, the Nigerian government announced the closure of the country’s land borders to all goods. According to the country’s Comptroller-General of the Customs Service, Hameed Ali, this was done to stem the influx of smuggled goods, especially rice and tomatoes, into the country. The border closure is an economic aberration as most countries don’t usually close …

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Okorocha in secret talks over a deal with Ihedioha

27 October 2019 Rochas Okorocha, the former governor of Imo State and current senator representing Orlu, is said to be close to striking a deal with his successor as governor, Emeka Ihedioha, that will see all corruption charges against the senator dropped. Ihedioha, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), promised the people of the state on assumption of office in …

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Nigeria border closure: Businesses complain of revenue loss

26 October 2019 The government says it wants to stop smugglers and criminals who pose a threat to the country and its economy and will keep the borders closed for now. Business owners in Nigeria are complaining they have lost hundreds of millions of dollars since the government closed a border crossing with neighbouring Benin. Authorities say they are trying to stop illegal …

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